Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) announced a new line of gaming laptops designed for gamers on the go. The new Strix gaming laptops are powered by Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16GB of 2,400MHz DDR4, and a GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics card. Storage options range from a 1TB Seagate FireCuda solid state hybrid drive all the way up to an M.2 256GB SSD paired with a secondary 1TB 5400rpm hard drive.
The Strix gaming laptops also feature a plethora of ports. On the left side of the laptop you will find a gigabit Ethernet jack, a pair of USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio jack and a single mini DisplayPort. The right side of the chassis is home to a SD card reader, lock, a single USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, one USB 3.1 and one USB 2.0 port. Wireless connectivity is handled via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
Screen size options range from 15.6" up to 17.3" full HD IPS anti-glare LED-backlit displays. Audio is handled by a pair of stereo speakers with a built-in smart amplifier. The Aura RGB lit keyboard features four zones of lighting control, four isolated hotkeys, 1.8mm key travel, and anti-ghosting technology. Other features include an HD camera, precision touchpad, and a 4-cell 64 WHr battery.
The new Strix gaming laptops will be available starting September 6th from online retailers such as Amazon, Newegg, and others. Prices range from $1,100 to $1,300.
|Intel Core i7-7700HQ|
|16GB DDR4 2400MHz|
|15.6" Full HD IPS Panel||17.3" Full HD IPS Panel|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5|
|1TB SSHD (8GB Cache)||M.2 256GB SSD1TB 5400rpm HDD||1TB SSHD (8GB Cache)||M.2 256GB SSD1TB 5400rpm HDD|
|1 x Microphone-in / Headphone-out jack 1 x Type C USB3.1 GEN1 4 x USB 3.0 ports Type A 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack 1 x HDMI 1 x mini Display Port|
|Integrated 802.11 AC (2x2) 10/100/1000 Base T Built-in Bluetooth V4.2|
|4 Cells 64 Whrs Battery|
|15.12 x 10.32 x 0.9”||16.34 x 11.02 x 0.95"|
|5.07 lb||6.4 lb|
I learned a while ago that in most laptops, the GPU becomes a bottleneck long before the CPU (assuming you're not buying a low end laptop). I'm sure the 1060 in my laptop will struggle long before the i5 becomes a limiting factor.